Christmas Recap Finale

January 9th, 2008

I have saved the best gifts for last – a sweater and a sweater vest.

 

First up, the Central Park Hoodie knit for my Mom. I used Cascade 220 Heathers. This yarn is such a work horse, and holds the cables beautifully. Cozy and warm for those chilly days.

 

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And I found the perfect buttons:

 

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This sweater took a little longer than I had expected – it could have been the Christmas deadline that was getting closer and closer. I am so happy with the way this turned out. And it fits perfectly!

 

The sweater vest is the Notting Hill Vest, knit for my Dad in Cascade 220 Heathers – again, the yarn was the perfect choice – the cables jump off the fabric with such great stitch definition.

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He loves it! And it’s a perfect fit seeing how I had my Mom measure a favorite vest of his – a great way to ensure a perfect fit – measure an existing favorite sweater or vest!

 

I’m still plugging away on Squeebie’s Cozy Socks. The end is in sight. Soon Squeebie, real soon.

 

And once the socks are done, I think I really need to concentrate on what I have on the needles – way too many projects to count it seems. I have many more that what is listed on my In Progress page. I think it’s time to take an inventory.

Happy Knitting!

Christmas Recap II

January 3rd, 2008

Let’s continue, shall we?

 

Neck Warmers – some people don’t understand the need for warmth when it’s freezing out.

 

First up, Megan’s Ruffled Neck Warmer from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. Quick and easy. What makes this so special is the yarn – Asland Trends Invernal, a Merino and Angora blend – so soft and cozy – feels just like cashmere, and the Moving Mud Handblown Glass Button that adds just the right touch.

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Next we have the Flared Lace Smoke Ring, knit in Blue Sky’s Alpaca Silk. What is there not to love about this yarn – soft and warm with a little sheen. It’s one of my favorites.

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Mittens are so quick and easy, and using Adriafil’s Knitcol makes it appear that I put a lot more work into the mittens than I actually did. Funky, fun and warm!

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The wrist warmers are more of my Ruffled Wrist Warmer pattern.

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The socks I am working on are my own pattern – Squeebie’s Cozy Socks. When they are finished the pattern will be available free, per Squeebie’s request. I had wanted to finish them this past weekend, but I think I’m all knit out. Can that really be possible? I enjoyed my long weekend reading, napping, and shopping. Not much knitting got done. But some did, so I’m not totally tapped out. Just needed a break.

 

That’s it for now – tune in next time for the Christmas Recap Finale!

Christmas Recap

January 1st, 2008

I think I survived…

 

First of all, Happy New Year! 2008 – can you believe it – I can’t. Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season. It zooms by every year – and then is over – much, much too short in my opinion.

 

Anyway, I learned a very valuable lesson this Christmas – if you make your holiday gifts, start BEFORE October! I say this every year, and every year I tend to forget the frantic knitting late into the night, the stress and worry of not knowing if I’ll finish on time, the final push the week before Christmas arrives, knowing full well it will arrive whether I am finished or not. I’m starting next year’s gifts this spring. And I say this every year, and every year it’s the same old, same old – I’m knitting away on Christmas Eve, surrounded by family just rolling their eyes, asking “Why don’t you start earlier next year?” Not gonna happen. But one can hope.

 

Christmas 2007 Knitting Recap: 1 pair of mittens, 2 neck warmers, 3 scarves, 1 sweater, 1 sweater vest, 3 pairs of wrist warmers, 4 hats, and 1 pair of socks. Well, the socks are still on the needles, but everything else was wrapped up and waiting under the tree! And the gifts were enjoyed by all! (No “Oh, how nice” with a strained smile.)

 

Let’s start with the small projects first – scarves and hats:

 

A hat and matching scarf – my own pattern with super chunky wool – a perfect gift for that hard to please tween!

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A trio of Flap Happy Hats. Great for using up scraps and leftovers!

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2 Quick Scarves – using the Misti Alpaca Rib & Ruffles Scarf Pattern – one with ruffles, one without.

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This was the state of this green scarf at 2 pm on Christmas Eve. It was bound off on Christmas Day as the recipient was pulling into the drive. (Had to stop knitting on Christmas Eve when he showed up at the house.) Just made it!

 

Tune in tomorrow for more. Just thinking about all this work is making me tired (and the fact that I’m getting old, and if I stay up past my bedtime I get cranky, but I made it well past midnight last night to ring in the New Year – woo hoo!)